19 Sep '11, 7pm

De-discombobulating ‘green jobs': @drgrist picks apart the claims and get past the sloganeering

De-discombobulating ‘green jobs': @drgrist picks apart the claims and get past the sloganeering

[W]hen politicians want to talk about economic growth, they tend to talk about "jobs." Absolutely all politicians do this. When governors want to brag about how lots of people have moved to their state, they say they "created jobs." When critics of carbon pricing say that cap-and-trade will "destroy jobs," what they mean is that it will slow economic growth. When Newt Gingrich says we can "create jobs" by drilling for oil everywhere, he's saying that he thinks the optimal long-term growth strategy for the United States is to try become more of a natural resource extraction economy. It is true that when Barack Obama touts "green jobs" as the future of the American economy, he's saying something that doesn't literally stand up to scrutiny. What he means is that he wants a higher productivity economy that also has less pollution. But the only analytic error he's making here i...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/green-jobs/2011-09-19-de-discombobul...

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